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What is a region-wide role?
What should an organisation list as the location for region-wide roles?
Will the volunteer be able to find my role?
Can I list my role multiple times across the region?
What if my organisation doesn't have a public address?
The vast majority of our volunteering and trustee roles are either tied to a single location, or are remote opportunities. Our platform is designed for these roles, and plots them against a postcode or marks them as remote.
However, occasionally we receive roles where the location isn’t straight forward. For instance, a volunteer mentor may not meet their mentee at the charity’s office but instead, at a coffee shop or at the mentor’s office. Or, an organisation may want to recruit volunteers across a wide region.
While we are always looking to improve our volunteer and trustee listings, at the moment, a single location is needed. This is because of how our system stores opportunities and organisations, but also because of the requirements of the partner sites that list our roles, such as LinkedIn.
You can pick your office location (if you have one) or pick something in the centre of the area you are covering. Then, under “travel details”, explain that the role isn’t tied to one location. You can elaborate on this in the role description.
When a volunteer searches they have the option of adding location criteria - and we’ve found they do this about 50% of the time. If they add a postcode, the default radius is 25 miles but this can be increased to 100 miles away.
You can also search our registered volunteers and contact them to ask them to apply. When you run your search, you can set the radius up to 100 miles if you are looking to cast your net far. Remember, it’s best practice to cover travel costs for volunteers so make sure the distances are feasible.
No, we no longer allow you to list the same opportunity multiple times within a single region. For one, this makes it more difficult for you (and us!) to manage the admin of recruitment. It’s also confusing for the volunteer. Their search results will look “spammy” if they have multiple results for the same role. It can also result in multiple applications for the same role, if they apply for more than one location.
Some organisations don't have a premise, are using a personal address, or for safety reasons may not want to publish their location.
In these cases, please indicate this on your organisation profile in the address field with a phrase such as "Address withheld", and then the town name. Use a nearby generic postcode. For our search to work, the postcode must be real. And, to make sure you don't mislead potential volunteers, pick something not too far away.